What’s Worse? A ‘Shining’ Sequel or a ‘Shining’ Prequel?
Stephen King’s anticipated (anticipated? sure) sequel to his 1977 horror novel The Shining hits bookstores… well, let’s be honest, it’s going to hit Amazon.com this September. Titled Doctor Sleep, the novel will follow grown-up Dan Torrence and his relationship with a psychic twelve-year-old girl. The novel’s Wikipedia page ensures that it’ll involve an epic battle of good and evil. FIne; Stephen King wrote the book that inspired the excellent Stanley Kubrick film, so let him go ahead and write a companion to his original story. The rest of us—those who know the movie is better than the book—can go on with the understanding that the film is a stand-alone piece of perfection. Of course, it’s so popular that it has also inspired a prequel; former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara will write the script for Warner Bros’ upcoming The Overlook Hotel. Which is the worst idea? I think it might be sort of a tie.
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